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Youth Groups at Noakes Grove


Bring your kids

We welcome children as visitors to Noakes Grove (as long as they bring an adult with them). As well as ordinary visits, whenever you like, there are also forest schools. and other groups


Birthday parties

If you are planning a birthday party for your youngster, what about an outdoor party at Noakes Grove?

These will usually involve a wildlife activity (pond-dipping or bug-hunting for example), an adventure game (like den building and trying to capture the other team's den), camp-fire cooking of your own meal and an entertainment (a puppet-show perhaps). We arrange the programme to suit the age-range of the children and what you tell us about their interests.

The cost is £120 for up to ten children and £10 for each extra child up to a maximum of sixteen.

For full details see our children's party page. Or contact Emma Horton -



Forest School

Sarah Allington (a trained Forest School leader and part of the Noakes Grove sheep team) ran three forest school mornings, Monday, Wednesday and Friday of the week beginning 13th August. They were Family Forest sessions for children from aged 2-8 years (approx.). Parents accompanied thr children. Each session had an emphasis on a skill (tools, fire, crafts etc.) There was a discount for booking all three sessions.

Sold Out - The August Forest School sessions were fully booked. Please contact Sarah if you would be interested in booking a future session. Contact for further details or visit .



Children in Retreat (Relaxation and Mindfulness Retreats)

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Nikki Phillips will be running more of her popular mindfulness retreats for children at Noakes Grove this academic year.

On Tuesdays, after school sessions, every Tuesday in term-time

Wed-Thu-Friday morning courses in school holidays (2018 - 2019):

  • October 24-26
  • February 20-22
  • April 10-12
  • May 29-31
  • August 7-9
  • August 28-30
For more information contact: Nikki Phillips (Youth Mindfulness - Relaxation Therapist ITEC IIHHT DIP, SMT)
Website: Email:

Relaxation and Mindfulness Retreats

At the Retreat we teach relaxation and mindfulness by encouraging children to use their senses in a fun and interactive way.  Children are guided by their innate love for the natural world. The retreat will enable children to learn lifelong skills towards good health and wellbeing. Together we will create a relaxing story that can be used at home benefiting the whole family.


Home schooling group: Noakes Grove campfire


Most Mondays a wider age range of children spend several hours at Noakes Grove (with their parents or carers). This is the local home-schooling group who make the whole of Noakes Grove their classroom for a day.

Contact Saffron Walden and Bishop's Stortford Home Education Group email

Noakes Grove - Home Schooling - (Alessandra Curtotti)